Monday, September 16, 2013

DAY 19

Day 19 Sunday September 15, 2013

Today is our Squaw Valley adventure. A drive back up to beautiful Lake Tahoe and we are headed north on the east side of the lake.

We met a bunch of bikers at one the Lake Tahoe overlooks that wanted to adopt Judy.

We follow Hwy 28 through Tahoe City, CA to Hwy 89 which takes us to Squaw Valley road and the Village at Squaw Valley.

This was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The beautiful drive through the Sierra Nevada Mountains was topped off with the Aerial Tram. The scenic Tram carries visitors 2,000 ft to High Camp at an altitude of 8,200 ft above sea level. At High Camp, tourists have access to the facilities of Squaw Valley, including a pool, roller skating, dining, shopping, and high-altitude disk golf. The views are incredible!

Mountain Biking is huge here, there were 10 bikes on our ride to High Camp. One of the riders said that he hoped to make in down in ten minutes! I hope he made it down in one piece.

We had a picnic at Donner Pass and unlike the Donner Party, we left full and contented. If you’re not familier with the Donner Party, look it up.

Our return to Dayton took us through Reno, a small Las Vegas with high rise hotel-casinos sticking up from the landscape to tempt the gamblers.

The next couple of days will be quiet rest up days for these travel worn old folks as we prepare for the return home portion of this western adventue. We’ll be heading for St. Louis and the Gateway Arch.

Here are a few photos, including some of my western family, Niece Diann and Paul and Nephew Steve.

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